This new topic I'll show you how to draw an old two-handled sword.
First we have to open in a new window the scanned contours of the sword, pictured by hand: File - Open
Now we have to copy this layer to be possible to work with it: Layer - Duplicate Layer
(ctrl+j). Erase the previous layer by moving it on the icon representing the recycle bin on the Layers
window. The new layer should be decolorized: Image - Adjustments - Desaturate
(shift+ctrl+u). Apply also the next command: Image - Adjustments - Threshold
If it's necessary to erase something, choose the Brush Tool
of white color of medium size and paint out the unnecessary parts of the contours. Then apply again the command Threshold
with the same adjustments the computer suggests.
Create a new layer: Layer - New - Layer
. Change its type on Multiply
and select the Brush Tool
to paint the sword with the basic colors. Because the sword should look as an old one, we should select not the grey colors only, but better brown colors.
Now we have to insert the shadows, but they shouldn't get outside the sword's edges. And that is why we have to create a new layer and group it with the previous one the main colors are on. Do it with the next command: Layer - Create Clipping Mask
(ctrl+g). Change also the layer's type on Multiply
and insert the main shadows with Brush Tool
Select the same Brush Tool
you may see below:
And a lighter color. Accentuate now with smooth motions the sword's volume.